State Government

Mayoral roundup: Republicans dominate elections

November 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A Republican Party tally gives the GOP a 61-54 majority over Democrats among the state's mayor's offices — a shift from a 68-48 Democratic lead.
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New booze permits unleash gold rushRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission plans to sell up to 101 new three-way restaurant permits for Marion County at an auction Nov. 18. The offering follows a recalculation—using fresh U.S. Census numbers—of how many permits should be distributed in the city.
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State mulls ditching traditional pensionsRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Lawmakers are mulling converting the state’s pension system into a 401(k)-like model, bringing Indiana into the heated national debate over public pensions.
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Daniels says 'right-to-work' law would help Indiana

November 4, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said a right-to-work law would make the state more competitive when its comes to business-expansion opportunities.
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Lawmakers looking for solutions to online sales tax issue

November 4, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
At least one Indiana lawmaker plans to file a bill requiring the state to collect sales taxes from online retailers like Amazon.com. Other state lawmakers are working on a federal solution.
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Indiana continues modest tax-collection gains

November 3, 2011
Associated Press
The state announced Thursday it took in nearly $41 million more than expected last month. The state overshot its estimates by a modest 3.8 percent although collections are vastly improved from a year ago.
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Simon sues state over sales-tax loophole for Amazon.com

November 3, 2011
Cory Schouten
Simon Property Group Inc. has filed suit against the Indiana Department of Revenue in an attempt to force the state to collect sales taxes from Amazon.com Inc.
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Indiana Fair stage collapse legal claims reach 100

November 2, 2011
Associated Press
The deadline for victims of the deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse to file legal claims with the state has passed, and officials say they're close to figuring out how much to pay each victim out of the allotted $5 million.
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Indiana AG to testify against cell phone bill

November 2, 2011
Associated Press
The bill being considered in the U.S. House would allow telemarketers and debt collectors to start dialing residents' cell phones and, if approved, would override Indiana's "Do Not Call" law and lead to a flood of robocalls, Greg Zoeller said.
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Indiana officials blast feds for 'over-regulation' on reform

November 1, 2011
J.K. Wall
Michael Gargano, secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, blasted the rules for both “glaring omissions” as well as creating new and unfunded “mandates” not included in the 2010 health reform law
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Drug theft is ongoing battle for pharmaciesRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Over the last 12 months, the Indiana Board of Pharmacy has conducted license litigation involving at least 35 pharmacy personnel statewide who've been accused of stealing drugs from work.
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Court sides with racinos in tax dispute with state

October 27, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
A federal bankruptcy court has sided with two Indiana racinos in a dispute over their tax burdens, a ruling that could reduce the total amount they pay into state coffers by as much as $30 million per year.
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Indiana panel recommends right-to-work legislation

October 26, 2011
Associated Press
An Indiana panel voted to urge lawmakers to approve "right-to-work" legislation when they reconvene in January in a move that could set the stage for another showdown with House Democrats.
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Changes to state fair unlikely in 2012 legislative session

October 23, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers look ready to wait at least a year before changing any laws in response to the stage collapse that killed seven at this summer's Indiana State Fair. And that's if they change anything at all.
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'Survivor' all-star Boneham to run for governor

October 22, 2011
Associated Press
"Survivor" fan favorite Rupert Boneham announced Saturday in Indianapolis that he's seeking to become the Libertarian Party's gubernatorial nominee in next year's election, saying in a statement that, "It's time for a change in Indiana."
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State signs sponsor for road-side assistance programRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
State Farm Insurance will pay $1.25 million over the next three years to sponsor the Hoosier Helper program.
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Indianapolis neighborhood striving for LEED statusRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Designation to east-side project would go beyond building certification.
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Indiana making hay from Illinois' tax mayhem

October 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
Many Illinois firms are serious about moving or expanding out of state—and Indiana economic development officials are racing to capitalize.
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Teachers sue 3 Indiana school districts, seek raises

October 21, 2011
Associated Press
The dispute, which includes schools in Noblesville, stems from changes passed by the Legislature earlier this year limiting collective bargaining agreements between local districts and teachers' unions.
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Kilroy’s gets liquor approval for Broad Ripple location

October 20, 2011
The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission voted 3-0 to give Kilroy's a liquor permit for the location at 821 Broad Ripple Ave. despite protests from a neighborhood group.
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White's request for Bayh investigation rejected

October 20, 2011
Associated Press
A prosecutor has turned down embattled Republican Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's request for an independent investigation of his vote fraud allegations against former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh.
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Officials urge Indiana Planned Parenthood to split up

October 19, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana officials contend the state's Planned Parenthood chapter could end a fierce legal dispute over abortion funding by simply separating its abortion business from other services.
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Indiana senator pushes taxing online sales

October 19, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, plans to ask his Statehouse colleagues Thursday to help him lobby Congress for the right to tax online sales.
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Farm plan may preserve crop subsidies, groups say

October 19, 2011
Bloomberg News
A bill backed by Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar would consolidate several subsidy programs into a plan to aid farmers when revenue declines.
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Daniels names interim Hoosier Lottery director

October 17, 2011
Associated Press
Megan Ornellas will serve as interim director of the Hoosier Lottery until a replacement can be found for Kathryn Densborn, who resigned following a flap over her lavish spending on a new headquarters.
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